Recreational League Age Levels

Age group levels can be found either on the league web site (www.pittsburghdynamo.org). Age groups are based on calendar years, and minimum age is 4 turning 5.  The specific game plan for each age level is attached to this handbook as Appendix B. A summary of micro-soccer rules is attached to this handbook as Appendix C.

Play at U5

Play at this level is simply about keeping the ball moving and encouraging particpation at whatever level the individual child is at.  Practice focuses on keeping the players and ball moving, trying to maximize individual touchs on the ball.  Game play at the U5 level involves one adult coach with three field players on micro fields, playing simultaneously dual games on adjacent micro fields.  There are no goalies.  The adult keeps the ball moving.  Adults also line the sides of the field to keep the ball in play.  

Play at U6 and U7/U8 

Play through the U8 age bracket is co-ed. Children in these groups are introduced to the game through Micro Soccer. Micro Soccer is played without goalkeepers on small fields and is designed to ensure more touches on the ball and involve all children in the game.

The U6 and U7/8 teams play simultaneously dual games on adjacent fields each weekend. Referees play an essential role in instructing children in the rules of the game during weekend games. Coaches are responsible for substituting children into these games in a fashion that ensures equal playing time and balanced play. Coaches teach basic skills during a weekly practice using positive reinforcement.  The games are typically 4v4 depending on number of players present.  

Play at U9/10 and U11/U12

Play at this level is segregated by gender. U9/10 and U11/12 players play “small sided games,” with 5v5 field players plus a goalkeeper. For U10/12, each team plays a single game each weekend on a medium sized field and coaches ensure equal playing time for each child and substitute to ensure balanced play. Coaching at practice in these age brackets focus on fun, skill development, teamwork, and tactics.

Play at U13 Through U16

Based on current levels of registration, U13/16 players will play collectoively on co-ed teams. U13/16 players play with 7v7 field players plus a goalkeeper or whatever team attendance at a particular game will support. For U13/16, each team plays a single game each weekend on a full sized field. Coaches ensure equal playing time for each child and substitute to ensure balanced play. Coaching at practice in this age bracket focuses on fun, skill development, teamwork, and tactics. 

 

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